Internet Over Copper Gets a New Lease on Life
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Copper connectivity predates the Internet as a means by which telecom operators connected their customers' phone lines. In the Internet era, demand for higher speed has often led to a conversation about fiber optics as a better, faster medium for connectivity.
While Fiber Optics technology does provide the potential for greater bandwidth speeds, the reality is that more than a billion people in the world today have some form of copper connectivity to their homes. That's where Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is aiming to step in and help with new technology that enables copper to do more.
"With no interference, every VDSL2 line can operate at peak speeds, as if it were the only line in the bundle," Alcatel-Lucent's VDSLV2 site states. "With VDSL2 Vectoring, copper has new value. Tomorrow’s speeds in today’s networks deliver a more compelling and competitive broadband experience."